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Celebrations of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech obscure its critique

RNS () — It may be the most famous speech of the 20th century. Millions of American schoolchildren who never … Continued

Democracy minus freedom equals tyranny

Opponents of Morsi pray in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Anti-Morsi protesters have set up camp in the square, the site … Continued

Religious freedom at school

When people ask if kids in public schools have First Amendment rights, I’m tempted to answer “only if you think … Continued

Myrlie Evers-Williams gives invocation at President Obama inauguration (full transcript)

Justin Sullivan GETTY IMAGES WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Myrlie Evers-Williams gives the invocation as U.S. President Barack Obama looks … Continued

Democrats’ altar call in Charlotte

Charlie Neibergall AP President Obama addresses the delegates in Charlotte on Sept. 6. After more than 30 years of teaching … Continued

Conservative law firm fights atheists’ suit over cross at 9/11 museum

A lawsuit that was filed by the group American Atheists to keep a revered cross out of the National September … Continued

Gingrich: Trayvon Martin among many young Americans killed

“Every single American of every background is endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights: the pursuit of life, liberty … Continued

Women’s religious freedom violated: Photo of all male birth control witnesses tells the viral truth

Carolyn Kaster AP From left, Reverend William E. Lori, Roman Catholic Bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., Reverend Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, … Continued

Consistent values for an inconsistent world

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

Claiming the moral highground

n President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, should discussion of human rights and religious freedom be … Continued

American exceptionalism: power disguised as virtue

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

The next most important election ever

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke both recently characterized voting as a moral act with spiritual consequences. The … Continued

Separation of president and creator

By David Waters Conservative Christian conspiracy theorists are anxiously reporting that President Obama has omitted the word “Creator” from his … Continued

God didn’t create corporations

The Declaration of Independence rests its claims for equal political rights on the fact that the “Creator” endowed human beings … Continued

Immigration issue uncovers new biblical literalists

Q: Illegal immigrants are flouting U.S. laws, but does affluent America (or Arizona for that matter) have a larger moral … Continued

A Passover plea: Don’t tread on E Pluribus Unum

By Simon Greer and Shuli Passow Jewish Funds for Justice In 1775, Marine troops preparing to intercept British warships carried … Continued

The God of the Ninth Circuit

By David Waters We at Under God would be remiss if we did not thank the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court … Continued

Tilting at symbols

Q: What’s your reaction to Sunday’s decision by voters in Switzerland to ban construction of minarets, the slender towers from … Continued

“Love the alien as yourself”

This Catholic’s View By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. Octavio Gonzalez, a graduate of Georgetown University, would be picking corn and … Continued

It’s not “Incivility,” It’s Racial Prejudice

We have entered what columnist Kathleen Parker calls “a political era of uninhibited belligerence,” that is finding expression in sermons, … Continued